Central Alumni Coordinator

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Alumni Representatives

Alumni Representatives at the Max Planck institutes

Here you will find the Alumni representative who is responsible for you. [more]

Alumni Initiatives/Associations

Max Planck Alumni Clubs

Here we have assembled all Alumni initiatives and associations for you. [more]


Alumni activities in the Max Planck Society

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"Max Planck is everywhere!"

The Max Planck Society employs a workforce of more than 20,000 professionals in eighty institutes, including 10,000 doctoral students, postdocs, scientific researchers and visiting scientists. Every year, new scientific researchers and scholars from all over the world take up employment at one of our institutes while others are leaving us in order take up positions in the international arena.

"Max Planck is everywhere!" We want to make use of this fact to connect alumni all over the world - regardless of where they are - by setting up a global alumni network across the scientific disciplines, a platform for sharing both professional and personal experiences.

In the following you will find the most essential information about our relevant offers. Alumni can also register with maxNet, the communication platform of the Max Planck Society - registration is quick and easy.

What does "Alumni" mean?

The word "alumnus" is derived from the Latin word "alere", "to nourish", and means "nursling" or "pupil". "Alumni", the plural form of "alumnus", literally means "the nurtured ones". In the USA, the term "alumni" has been used for graduates or former students of institutes of higher education for more than 200 years. In Germany, it is only in the past few years that alumni activities have become established at universities and research institutes.

Who are our alumni?

All scientific researchers as well as visiting scientists who spent a research residency at one of our institutes of a minimum of six months; all graduates, doctoral students, fellowship holders and postdocs as well as non-scientific staff.

More than 60 institutes have nominated an alumni representative. If your former institute does not have an alumni representative, please contact the central alumni coordinator who will be glad to assist you.

What do we offer?

Registration with maxNet

Do you wish to stay in contact with former colleagues or develop new links? If so, you should register with maxNet, the new communication platform of the Max Planck Society.

The maxNet administrator will gladly provide a sign-up code for you. After successfully registering, you can move around freely on maxNet, search for and contact other alumni across the institutes, set up a discussion group and enter interesting events into the calendar.

Alumni activities at the institutes

A typical Max Planck alumnus is somebody who used to work at one of our institutes and feels a sense of community and connection primarily to his or her former institute. You will find the alumni representative relevant to your institute here:  Alumni representatives.

Some institutes have already been actively involved in alumni activities for a long time, organising alumni meetings, sending out their institute newsletter and setting up alumni association and groups. We have listed all initiatives and associations here: Alumni initiatives and associations

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